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1. involvement in enjoyable recreational activities; see also play therapy.
2. the extent to which mechanical movement is available.
joint play the accessory movement available within a joint, which is not under voluntary control but is needed for proper functioning of the joint.
play therapy
1. a technique used in child psychotherapy in which play is used to reveal unconscious material. Play is the natural way in which children express and work through unconscious conflicts; thus play therapy is analogous to the technique of free association used in psychoanalysis of adults. The therapy is done in a playroom containing toys such as dolls, a doll house, and furniture; blocks; art materials; toy animals, cars, trucks, guns, soldiers, and telephone; and games. As the child plays he expresses his fantasies and gives the therapist clues about his family relationships and unconscious conflicts. For example, the child may be unable to verbally express hostile feelings about a parent or sibling but be able to act out these feelings playing with a doll. The role of the therapist is nondirective. The therapist provides an accepting, understanding adult relationship that allows the child to work through his conflicts and to experiment with new ways of relating to himself and other people.
2. in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the purposeful and directive use of toys and other materials to assist children in communicating their perception and knowledge of their world and to help in gaining mastery of their environment.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

joint play

1. The motions of sliding, rolling, spinning, or compressing that occur between bony surfaces within a joint when the bones move through ranges of motion.
2. The distensibility or give of the joint capsule and ligaments that allows motion between bony partners within a joint.
Synonym: accessory joint motion; accessory motion; accessory movement
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The most commonly used diagnostic procedures for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbopelvic spine were joint play, static and motion palpation, neurological testing and ranges of motion.
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Spinal motion units and extremity joints were adjusted to correct altered motion as determined by motion palpation, static palpation and joint play analysis.
Flexion, extension, rotation, and translatory joint play of the interspaces from T10/11 to L5/S1 were assessed with subjects lying on their sides with their hips and knees flexed.
Palpation of the A1 pulley and joint play of the distal interphalangeal joint reproduced/exacerbated the reported pain.
[1][2] The physiologic activities in which the temporomandibular joint plays a part may be voluntary or reflex and ranges from mastication, deglutition, phonation and momentary actions such as grasping, blowing and yawning.
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This may be linked to the result that the CT was significantly shorter in the DL than in the NDL, while the run-up velocity was similar in both legs because it is known that the stiffness of the ankle joint plays an important role in jumping high and taking off in a short time in the explosive jumps and drop jumps (about 0.2 sec, Yoon et al., 2007).

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